Recommended Books on Haiku
Biographies of the Japanese Masters
Donald Keene. The Winter Sun Shines In: A Life of Masaoka Shiki. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. A thorough biography of the fourth of Japan’s great haiku masters, and a fine complement to Janine Beichman’s biography. [See my review of Keene’s book.]
★ Jim Kacian, Philip Rowland, and Allan Burns, editors. Billy Collins, introduction. Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years. New York: Norton, 2013. Distinctive for presenting English-language haiku highpoints in their chronological unfolding. Includes six of my poems.
Steven Addiss. The Art of Haiku. Boston: Shambhala, 2012. An essential overview of the haiku art, with emphasis on the rendering of haiku in haiga, a combination of calligraphy and painting.
Hiroaki Sato. On Haiku. New York: New Directions Publishing, 2018. Authoritative and wide-ranging essays on haiku, its history in Japan, and the influence of Japanese haiku on haiku in English. [See my review of Sato’s book.]